Portable, Non Electric Space Heaters for Emergency Use

September 30, 2016

Portable, Non Electric Space Heaters for Emergency Use

Non electric space heaters run on fuel sources such as propane, kerosene or natural gas. Below you'll find reviews of what, in my opinion, are some of the best choices of non-electric space heaters.

Perfect during power outages or off-grid living during cooler seasons.
Non electric space heaters can be a 'godsend' during power outages during the winter months. They should be considered a must if you're in an area that regularly experiences seasonal power outages or if you're someone who is off the grid.

Of course, electric space heaters are more commonly used and purchased but they're not always the best choice. Besides the possibly hit it takes on your electric bill they are useless during any sort of storm or natural disaster.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Non Electric Space Heaters


Given that fuel space heaters do not require electricity, the most upfront advantage of them is that they'll work at all times, during a power outage. Modern kerosene heaters use a dual-combustion system that burns the fuel efficiently and clean. For propane and kerosene heaters you can buy the fuel and store it until you need to use it.


Some people may be wary of non-electric heaters because of the flammable fuels required to use them. Also, they're only recommended during times of an emergency need because they need proper airflow and venting to avoid carbon monoxide dangers. So their usage is recommended by following all directions and usage tips.

Non-Electric Space Heater Types

The most available non-electric heaters are those that run on propane. Though heaters that burn kerosene or natural gas are also on the market.

Propane heaters are the most common because propane tanks are widely available. It's recommended that at least two tanks are kept to be prepared for a power outage. Propane heaters can also be hooked to a permanent or large source of propane gas, other than disposable tanks, if available.

As for kerosene heaters, they are efficient and burn fuel slowly. Wherein, a gallon of kerosene fuel can last up to 15 hours or so, depending on usage. Kerosene heaters are best suited for camp outs, garages, basements, and such.

Something to be aware of though is that some of these heaters are known as vent-less of vent free heaters. They use air from the room they're in to help burn the fuel and will release carbon monoxide and other 'wastes' of fuel burning into your home. Which creates a danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. So it's best to use them only when needed and in a more ventilated area and not in an air-tight home or dwelling. It's best to read are warnings, precautions, and instructions included with these heaters.

Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater

This heater is capable of heating up to four-hundred square feet via radiant and convection heating. It provides heating when its most needed, as an emergency backup, when you the power is out during cold days and nights. Best suited for garages, workshops, porches, cabins and non-airtight dwellings. Can also be temporarily used in your home (again, during emergency situations) alongside a working carbon monoxide detector.

Heater has four heating settings and a wire guard.
Can heat for up to 7 hours with two propane bottles

Kero World 23,000 BTU Indoor Portable Convection Kerosene Heater

I've had a few family members who've used these heaters and have been very satisfied by their heating performance. Even better, these heaters are made in the USA. They are safe, when used according to directions and safe usage tips and last a long time.

Heat Mate 10000 BTU Radiant Kerosene Heater

Can heat up approximately a 380-square foot area, for up to 14 hours, on full 1.2 gallons of fuel capacity. Features an automatic igniter and an ez flame adjuster. Safety-wise, it has an automatic shutoff, safety guard, and tipover switch. This is a Chinese-made item.